Economic benefits of walking and cycling

This resource, developed by Transport for London, provides a review of the different economic benefits that cities, such as London, experience when investing in walking and cycling infrastructure. This resource can be of interest to anybody who wishes to understand the benefits linked to investing in forms of active transport (e.g. policy makers, local organizations, businesses, etc.).

Date added 11 August 2020
Last updated 17 August 2020

This resource provides evidence, in the form of different reports and resources, for the benefits of walking and cycling in cities. It has been created by Transport for London, and encompasses research and work conducted by other organizations (e.g. Sustrans, Cycling UK, Living Streets).

This resource identifies six wide benefits. These are: prosperity of the high street (i.e. increased retail spend); improving productivity in workplaces (i.e. reducing sick days, feeling energised); attracting businesses and employees (i.e. attracting young creative talent and millennials who value active transport); attracting footfall (i.e. encouraging mobility due to less traffic and congestion); improved public and environmental health (i.e. reducing treatment costs for the NHS, reducing emissions that damage the planet); improving accessibility and affordability (i.e. providing opportunities for people with lower income, for example).

The conclusion of this piece of work, is that cities that encourage walking and cycling are more prosperous places, where high streets, businesses, people, and the environment thrive. This resource can be used to inform and make the case for investment in active forms of transport.